Monitoring & analysis software offers access to Cloud data

24 June 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms has introduced the new Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite, which is said to be industry’s first integrated solution for industrial big data management and analytics.

The new software suite is designed to allow companies to manage equipment and process data to maximise performance with advanced products that capture, store, contextualize and analyse data and present actionable insights for fast and effective decision making.

The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis suite is comprised of six integrated products: Proficy Historian, GE’s data collection software; Proficy Historian Analysis for data mining and visualization; Proficy SmartSignal for predictive analytics for condition-based monitoring; and Proficy CSense to troubleshoot process problems, monitor process health and create close loop process optimisation.

Two additional products are new to the offering and include Proficy Historian HD that allows storage of large data sets in a Hadoop cluster, and Proficy Knowledge Center, a console that ties the solution together with process visibility, asset health assessment and process optimisation.

GE’s Proficy Historian HD is the first solution to combine industrial data and analytics with elastic capacity creating a Big Data solution built on Hadoop; the first step toward GE’s vision for the Industrial Internet. The software facilitates advanced analytics on industrial big data to improve process performance, troubleshoot process problems, and predict and prevent asset failures.

“GE manages 5 TB of new time-series data per day,” said Brian Courtney, general manager of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Industrial Data Intelligence Software group. “Our experience in big data and analytics that maximise equipment and process performance mitigates the risk for other companies.

Another new part of the suite is Proficy Knowledge Center, a model-driven, browser-based visualization application. Tightly coupling an asset data model with historical time-series data, Proficy Knowledge Center supports unified views of process health and equipment health for increasing productivity and decision-making. The solution builds on Proficy Historian to efficiently store and display immense amounts of time-series data. Results of data analyzed by Proficy CSense or Proficy SmartSignal are then visualised through the Knowledge Center in model context making it easy to navigate and understand.

The Proficy Monitoring & Analysis software suite can be used remotely to monitor one plant or all of a company’s global operations. As a result, it provides information to increase equipment availability and reduce unplanned downtime, improve yield and reduce variability, and reduce maintenance costs and inventory.

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